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GRMN 1460 - Elementary German 1

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly GRMN 1260)

This course is designed to introduce students to the German speaking world and German vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics. Students will engage in these activities within contextualized cultural settings. The vocabulary and grammatical structures are integrated into interactive and communicative activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are required to use computer based technology to practice these skills.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in basic oral language skills.


  1. Pronounce individual sounds, including appropriate intonation and stress, with little or no interference in order to be understood by a Native Speaker.
  2. Form and produce entire sentences with no hesitation and natural pauses.
  3. Engage in small conversations with a Native Speaker in the present or near future tense about the following topics (includes both initiating conversations as well as responding appropriately to speech of a Native Speaker):
    1. Small talk (greetings and farewells, getting acquainted).
    2. Numbers and classroom expressions.
    3. Personal characteristics, hobbies, interests, and daily activities.
    4. Types of housing, furnishings.
    5. Family members.
    6. Days of the week, months, holidays.
    7. Times of the day, telling time.
    8. Entertainment.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use basic German vocabulary.

Objectives: Regarding such topics as small talk, numbers and classroom expressions, personal characteristics, hobbies, housing & furnishings, family members, calendar, time, and entertainment:

  1. Use vocabulary when speaking.
  2. Respond to a Native Speaker who has used the vocabulary.
  3. Use vocabulary in writing.
  4. Demonstrate reading comprehension skills by discussing subject matter and/or answering questions based on the passage read.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use basic grammar structures in speaking and writing.


  1. Use articles, nouns, and pronouns.
  2. Conjugate and use verbs in the present tense (stem-vowel changes, separable prefix, modal auxiliary).
  3. Formulate affirmative, negative, and questioning remarks.
  4. State nominative and accusative cases.
  5. Use adjectives (attiributive and predicate, possessive).
  6. Use the imperative.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of German culture.


  1. Recognize and discuss some basic geographical, economical and cultural aspects of some German speaking countries and/or communities such as:
    1. Postal codes and country abbreviations.
    2. Foreigners in Germany.
    3. The 24 hour clock and its usage.
    4. German apartments.
    5. The Euro.
    6. German holidays and celebrations.
    7. Government-subsidized theaters.
    8. Some famous personalities from the German-speaking world.
  2. Compare cultural differences.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Greetings
  2. Numbers
  3. Useful Expressions
  4. Nouns, Gender, and Definite Articles
  5. Personal Pronouns
  6. The Verb: Infinitive and Present Tense
  7. Word Order in Sentences
  8. Asking Questions
  9. The Plural of Nouns
  10. The Nominative and Accusative Cases
  11. The Definite and Indefinite Article
  12. Weak Masculine Nouns
  13. Interrogative Pronouns
  14. The Verb haben
  15. Negation
  16. Verbs with Stem-Vowel Changes
  17. Demonstrative Pronouns
  18. Possessive Adjectives
  19. Personal Pronouns in the Accusative Case
  20. Prepositions with the Accusative Case
  21. The Irregular Verbs werden and wissen
  22. Using the Verbs wissen and kennen
  23. Separable-Prefix Verbs
  24. Modal Auxiliary Verbs in the Present Tense
  25. The Imperative - formal and informal
  26. Particles and bitte with the Imperative

Primary Faculty
Ramos, Maria
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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